Poetic technologies

I looked at some projects which use technologies to create artistic performances.

Drones become a flock of dancing lampshades


Circus troupe Cirque du Soleil teamed up with drone specialist Raffaello D’Andrea to create Sparked – a short movie that transforms 10 autonomous flying machines into lampshades that seem to come alive and “dance” with a human performer.

The Canadian circus troupe wanted to investigate ways to apply drone technology into a live production, that could be potentially acted out in front of an audience.

“What we wanted to do was to explore what could we do with an emerging new technology, the quadcopters, and give it some meaning, give it some magic, bring it to another level,” said Altidor.

“We saw right away that there was a potential with quadcopters to explore where else could we go and what type of interaction could they have with humans,” he said. “What’s fun is to imagine, what else could we put on them to make them fly and is it possible to make the quadcopters disappear.”

From dezeen


Frankensteinian robots perform dance routines to music


Synthetic human body parts mounted on robots dance to dramatic music in Dance Machines, an installation by British artist Peter William Holden in London.

Peter William Holden presented three Dance Machines named Arabesque, Vicious Cycle and SoleNoid β as part of Merge Festival, a series of arts events currently taking place around London’s Southbank area. The sinister-looking machines act out dance routines on spotlit-platforms in a darkened room off Borough Road.

The Leipzig-based artist designed the mechanised sculptures, made up of prosthetic limbs and body parts mounted on steel frames, to perform repetitive movements to well-known classical music by Sergei Prokofiev and Johann Strauss.

“I have attempted to create work which falls somewhere between conventional notions of pictorial art and a kind of performance,” Holden told Dezeen.

From dezeen

Machine Draw Sound, Then Wear It On A Scarf


This is what sound looks like. Roos Meerman, a designer based in the Netherlands, focuses his efforts on creating machines controlled by natural phenomena. His latest project, Canorgraphy, can draw sound using pens and the vibration caused by speakers to create abstract, blue and purple dotted patterns on paper or textile.

The process itself is a hypnotic dance of dangling pens on paper, spinning and circling independently according to the beat.

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